I was beginning to get a bit worried about the house-warming gift I had sent off to the USA. However,all is well and it has arrived safely and all in one piece. I can now show you what I sent to Betsy at Simple Life of a Queen. Moving into a new home is such a special occasion that I couldn't resist making something for her. As I had hoped she now has it hanging in her Craft Room.
The authentic colours. Photo taken outside on the balcony
Incredible difference in colours from the outside shot to the indoor photo! I presume it must be the lighting in the hallway. The wall looks white too but its painted in pale blue.
Midday Sun over the Med Dream/Sun catcher. 30cm diameter. I used Katia Jaipur variegated cotton and Katia Capri cotton. The green blob at the end of the middle tassel is a little glass fish. It has been in my hoard of bits for years and I can't remember where I got it from. I am glad it has a new home.
I called this dream/sun catcher Midday Sun in the Med because through the mix of colours and the pattern I tried to portray the reflection of the hazy torrid midday sun soaking the Mediterranean with its fiery light and the ever-changing colours of the sea as the waves rise and fall.
When we see the sun position itself that high in the centre of the sky we know it is around about 12ish and our time to leave the beach. After midday it just gets far to hot and and unless you have the right gear and protection to spend the day on the beach it isn't advisable to stay any longer. We usually go from 9:30am until 12pm and just take our snorkelling gear,hats and towels and one small deck chair. I don't do sunbathing! I prefer to stay in the sea the majority of the time. It is the best place to be!
The Land of OZ
I am super pleased that I now have another blog friend and follower from Australia. I haven't got many blog contacts in OZ as yet. Should you like to pop in and visit Wendy at Ruff' Adventures I know she will be delighted to have more blog-friends.
As I have mentioned before I have family in Australia mostly in Queensland and a nephew in Melbourne. I have also been very lucky to have visited OZ twice for a month each time. Once in 2009 where I stayed in Hervey Bay,Queensland with my sister.
The highlight of my stay, other than seeing my sister again after eleven years, was to go whale watching with my niece past Fraser island,Queensland.We were really fortunate to sight a mother and calf. An amazing stroke of luck that I shall never forget. I was able to take some incredible photos hence my blog heading always has the photograph of the mother whale. I never tire of that photo and the fact that I took it myself.
|Whale watching July 2009 Fraser Island,Queensland,Australia.|
The other time in 2011 I returned to Australia once again to stay with my sister who had bought a Motel and had moved from Queensland to New South Wales. It was a thriving business situated in a little inland town called Gilgandra which was a very popular midway stop off point for travellers on long distance journeys across Australia. There wasn't a lot to do or see in Gilgandra yet I enjoyed the different way of life,meeting people and also helping a little in the motel.
|Gilgandra, New South Wales|
Nevertheless, my sister managed to organise several trips away and we went up into the Blue Mountains and also to Hunter's Bay.
|Blue Mountains|| |
Fabulous countryside and wonderful mountains which take your breath away.
We also went to Sydney to meet up with my other sister from the UK and stayed there for a few days to celebrate her birthday.
I don't like cities much...never have but Sydney is awesome.
|Sydney Harbour|| |
|and... of course the Opera House. Fabulous Architecture!|
In all I thoroughly enjoyed both holidays and I have seen a lot of Australia but there is so much more that I want to see there! I do hope I will be able to go back.
My own personal ties there make me feel quite attached to it and hence I am drawn to bloggers from the Land of OZ. 🐳
Stormy Stormy day
Sunny Spain...well not this week more like wet soggy Spain!
Grumbling storm creeping in!
and the heavens open up....